Crew Chief: Jeff Hensley
2020 Driver Point Standings: 7th
2020 Owner Point Standings: 8th
Spotter: Joe White
2020 Playoff Points: 11 (ranked 1st, overall)
2020 Stage Points: 51 (ranked 7th, overall)
Kansas Speedway, Race No. 1 of 2, Starting Position: 8th
News and Notes:
Making History… For the first time in NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series history (26 seasons/606 races), the series will embark on their first ever doubleheader weekend. The Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 200 is slated for Friday, July 24 at 7 p.m. ET, and the e.p.t 200 is scheduled for Saturday, July 25 at 1:30 p.m. ET.
The Starting Line-up… Grant Enfinger will roll-off eighth, based on a random draw, in Friday night’s Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 200, the first of two Gander Truck events at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway. For the second race, on Saturday afternoon, the top-15 finishers from Friday night’s event, will be inverted, to determine the starting position for Saturday’s e.p.t 200. Both races are 134 laps each.
Seeing Double… For Friday night’s Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 200, the No. 98 Ford F-150 welcomes back Champion Power Equipment, the market leader in the power equipment field, specializing in portable generators, home standby generators, inverter generators, engines, winches and log splitters. FarmPaint.com, a leader an innovator of fence and barn paint, roof, foundation, agricultural and specialty coatings, will adorn the ThorSport Racing machine for Saturday’s e.p.t 200.
There’s No Place Like Kansas… Enfinger has three starts at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway which includes 61 laps led en route to two top-10 finishes and an average finish of 8.7.
Eye in the Sky… Enfinger’s full-time NASCAR Cup Series spotter, Chris Lambert, will have the weekend off this weekends doubleheader and Joe White, who last spotted for the ThorSport Racing driver at the Gander Trucks event at Iowa Speedway in 2019, will assume duties.
2020 Playoff Outlook… Enfinger’s two wins in 2020 have him atop the Playoff standings with 11 Playoff Points. However, if the Playoffs were to start today, he would be ranked third on the Playoff grid.
This Week’s No. 98 Champion Power Equipment/FarmPaint.com/Curb Records Ford F-150…
The No. 98 ThorSport Racing team will unload chassis No. 52 for Friday’s Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 200 at Kansas Speedway. This chassis was last seen at Homestead-Miami Speedway last month and if it makes it through Friday night’s 134-lap event, the team will utilize the same chassis for Saturday’s e.p.t 200.
Intermediate Track Strength… In 41 starts on an intermediate-size track (1.5-1.54-miles) in his Gander Trucks career, Enfinger has three poles (Homestead, 2018, Texas-1, 2019 and Kentucky, 2020), two wins (Las Vegas, 2018 and Atlanta, 2020), and has led 288 laps en route to 11 top-five, and 26 top-10 finishes.
2020 Stats… In eight starts this season, Enfinger has led 48 laps en route to two wins (Daytona and Atlanta), two top-five and three top-10 finishes, with an average finish of 11.6.
Truck Series Stats… Enfinger has 91 career Gander Truck starts to his credit since 2010. His success includes 622 laps led en route to four wins, five poles, 30 top-five and 56 top-10 finishes.
Take Me Back – Texas… Enfinger started second, based on a random draw, finished 10th in Stage 1, 10th in Stage 2 and eighth in the Vankor 350 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Ford Fact… Ford-powered F-150’s have found victory lane 101 times since 1995 in the Gander Truck Series, including four times in 19 races at Kansas Speedway with Jon Wood (2003), Carl Edwards (2004), Terry Cook (2006) and Erik Darnell (2007).
Chatting with Grant Enfinger…
You have a pair of wins this year, but only one top-10 in the other six races. What is it going to take to stand-out as the championship favorite?
“I don’t think we necessarily have to change the world, but I think we need to combine some of the stuff we’ve done this year, that’s been successful, with some of the stuff we did last year, that was very consistent. I think we just need to get back to our style of racing. There have been things that have happened over the last month that have been un-characteristic, as far as how the races have played out, but there have been some mistakes made on our end as well. At this point, I’m not worried about it, but there are some issues we need to clean up. Man, it’s been two weeks now and I’m still kicking myself for speeding on pit road at Pocono. We’ve had one or two issues that were uncharacteristic for us, but there have also been some things out of our control. I guess that’s just part of racing, especially under these circumstances that we’re in. It’s definitely changed how we go into a weekend, without practice and all, so I feel like for the most part we’ve done a good job with that, but we haven’t mastered the entire package yet under these circumstances.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!